Media Production Summer Program for High School Students
This 2-week program is open to all high school students, especially those living with a disability, to bring them together as passionate young people who dream of telling important stories across media platforms. Participants will be learning and using our own on-campus production studio to develop, shoot and edit content using our field camera equipment and editing labs.
The School of Communications at Quinnipiac created Ability Media and this program to address the lack of representation among people with different abilities working in media. For this reason, we welcome everyone who dreams of becoming the next big content creator to join us in telling important stories — your stories — to the world.
Based out of our own Ed McMahon Communications Center, participants will learn practical media production skills and techniques. You will be working alongside experienced QU faculty members such as Dave Stevens, a 7-time Emmy winning sports journalist with limb differences, who will share his expertise in media production and his desire to inspire and teach youth.
Content created during the camp may be used on our various Quinnipiac media channels, as well as for your own channels and personal portfolios.
Two weeks of programming that are faculty-designed and delivered
All program materials
All QU technology and software support
Certificate of completion
Special QU Admissions events
Partial financial support may be available for those who indicate the need for financial assistance in their online application. Financial support awards are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.
July 11-22, 2022
Sunday, July 10: Residence check-in for participants with full room & board
Saturday, July 23: Residence check-out for participants with full room & board
Sample Daily Schedule:
Morning Meetings and Skill Concept Introduction
Introduction of the skill or concept focus of the day such as: storytelling, shot composition, editing, presentation, etc.
Participants have a chance to learn by doing, whether working in teams to brainstorm & storyboard, operate professional cameras, edit, and produce high-quality content and more. Emmy-award-winning experts present their “tricks of the trade.”
All meals are included for students staying on campus.
We take the concepts and skills learned in the morning and apply them to the ongoing project and goal of delivering high-quality participant-driven content to record and eventually broadcast.
End-of-Day Review and Debrief Meeting
A chance to reflect and discuss the day as well as look to the days ahead.
Open activities and a break for participants.
Dinner will be provided for those students with full room and board.
Organized Activities (Group Recreation, Games, Guest Speakers, Independent and Group Enrichment Projects)
Evening is reserved for overnight students to have fun, experience our on-campus amenities, and bond with each other and staff through organized group enrichment activities.
Program Themes and Activities
Sunday prior to program start: Residence check-in for participants with full room & board.
Day 1: What makes effective content creation
Day 2: Show the audience what they want to see
Day 3: How to gather media assets in the field
Day 4: Creating an exciting show
Day 5: The art of interviewing
Weekend: Organized group activities on-campus and off-campus for participants with full room & board
Day 6: Understanding how to use different studios
Day 7: On-camera/mic performance
Day 8: Finish the segments
Day 9: Get through a full rehearsal
Day 10: Produce the show!
Saturday after program end: Residence check-out for participants with full room & board
Tour our facilities
The Ed McMahon Communications Center
Our Ed McMahon Communications Center has the tools ready to help you realize your creative vision, no matter your abilities. Our collection of professional equipment and software includes:
Jimmy Jib Triangle Pro Crane
Creates unique movements popular on sitcoms and dramas
Used by networks on many live news and sporting events
HTC Vive virtual reality environment
Six 360 capable cameras for live and recorded 360 acquisition
DJI Mavic and spark drones for aerial and interior perspective shots
Sony 4K/IP video production switcher in our control room
Same switcher series as used in many network studios
Participants must be:
Must be a current high school student, including those enrolled in IEPs and 504 plans
Typically, participants are 15 to 20 years of age at the start of the program
A list of equipment or materials they will need to participate:
All necessary equipment will be provided
This program is open to all future college students including those with cognitive learning, motor, hearing, visual impairments, genetic disorders and neurological disorders. There are no restrictions based on the level of cognitive ability, restrictions of mobility or lack of communication skills. Because of concerns for safety, however, we are unable to accept anyone whose behavior might endanger himself/herself or others.
We utilize a peer mentor system, linking participants with age-level peers. Mentors are at least 16 years old and up to the age of 21. The peer mentors are well-versed in the equipment in the McMahon Center and will partner to assist program participants throughout the entire 2-week program. The mentors are responsible for knowing all of the information, technology, and equipment that their partners will be using. They will be primarily in the background and will support participants but will not act as a personal care attendant.
Due dates to apply and pay
Deadline to apply: Monday, May 30, 2022 Space is limited per session and enrollment is based on when a deposit payment is received.
Quinnipiac University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as an institution of higher education. Students who have a current IEP or 504 plan are encouraged to share any accommodations or modifications they may require in order to access the fundamentals of a QU summer program or camp they plan to attend.
Students requesting disability-based accommodations should indicate this within the application as well as email firstname.lastname@example.org about any and all specific accommodation needs.